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The Deed is Done!

Thursday, February 28, 2011



The manuscript for my long-awaited book, the Fine Art of Crochet - Innovative Works from 20 Contemporary Artists, was submitted to the publisher today! It is an exhilarating feeling to have it be finally on the path to publication. I expect it to be done by June 2013 and I hope to be doing some book signings at that time. The book contains interviews of 20 of the most intriguing artists I could find with lavish photographs of their work. You'll have to wait until the book is finally published to find out who is inside! I am developing a website that will be dedicated to the book and also to the art of crochet in general. To follow my book's  progress, check gwenblakleykinsler.weebly.com

Tomorrow starts the month-long celebration of crochet: National Crochet Month sponsored by the Crochet Guild of America. Back in 1999, Pam Oddi and I thought it would be great to have a week of celebration to bring attention to crochet and to the guild. It has grown …

Health & Happiness

Monday, February 18, 2013

It feels good to be back in the groove of blogging every Monday. I am seeing the light at the end of the tunnel for my special surprise project that I will announce on March 1. Today I felt like I have it under control with even some time to spare to spend on artistic things and blogging! From the time I worked at the local hospital in the Adult Day Center as an activity specialist with elder dementia patients, I have wanted to write about the healthful benefits of crochet. I ran a weekly crochet group there and it was amazing to see the ladies bring back their crochet skills from the depths of their minds and enjoy doing it. They may have needed to be reminded each week that they could crochet, but put that hook in their hand and off they went! One lady in particular was so interesting. For a few weeks, I would get her started with the chain each week and as I was helping others, she would begin to put all her loops on the hook. Then she would ask me what …

Back in the Blogosphere

Friday February 8, 2013 I've just been so incredibly busy writing about crochet since the new year started that I didn't have any extra time or cro-thoughts to put here for fear of duplication! I've been doing double duty over at Talking Crochet eNewsletter since back in November. We now have chosen an associate editor who will be sharing the job with me. I'm excited to be introducing her in the issue that goes live on February 26. So, you'll have to wait until then to find out who she is. Never fear...I've been totally immersed in crochet as usual. I've been concentrating on working on some art pieces and also covering rocks like crazy. I've just not taken the time to write about it. I also plan to celebrate National Crochet Month (March) by announcing a very special project I have been working on for quite some time. I love surprises!
"Take-Out:" Crochet-covered river rocks. Why do I call this "take-out"? I spied these lovely r…